- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - The candidates in Illinois’ nationally watched governor’s race have contrasting views on a proposal to fix the formula used to fund the state’s schools.

Democratic Sen. Andy Manar’s proposal would direct more state money to poorer rural districts at the expense of wealthier suburban districts.

The plan passed the Senate in the spring and is being considered in the House. Lawmakers from wealthier Chicago suburbs object to the funding cuts some districts would face.

Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn says the state needs to increase education investment. But he says Manar’s proposal needs “a lot of oversight and review” as well as more debate.

Republican Bruce Rauner (ROW’-nur) says he “probably wouldn’t support that particular bill.” He said he favors an overhaul of the current formula.



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